The Product of Our Lives –
The Genesis record tells us of the fourteen years Jacob had labored for his father—in—law. Having gained two wives, their handmaids, and a dozen children, Jacob realized a need to provide for his own, rather than continuing to enrich Laban, the father of his wives, Leah and Rachel. However, he agreed to stay longer if he should receive as a wage all the livestock that were born brown, speckled, or spotted. After Laban consented to the deal, Jacob placed at the watering troughs some sticks from which he had peeled some of the bark, making them similar in appearance to the animals with which he should be paid. The livestock had the sticks before their eyes as they drank, and the “power of suggestion” caused them to bear speckled and spotted offspring. What is before the eyes of man often also becomes what is on his mind, and he becomes what he is in heart. It is no wonder, then, why Paul, at the Fourth of Philippians, taught us at verse Eight to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. If we do, such shall be the product of our lives.
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Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater